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Kevin Smith (Chief Executive Officer) - Kevin is a descendant of the Meriam Peoples of the Torres Strait with traditional connections to Ugar (Stephen Island) and Erub (Darnley Island). Kevin has over 20 years of professional experience in Indigenous affairs, including senior positions with the National Secretariat of Torres Strait Islander Organisations, the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, the National Native Title Tribunal, the National Native Title Council and Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL).
In 2008, Kevin successfully led the amalgamation and incorporation of the former Gurang and Greater Mount Isa Native Title Representative Body areas into Queensland South Native Title Services (QSNTS). Kevin holds qualifications in both law and business management from the University of Queensland. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1994.
“Legal recognition of traditional rights and interests in land and waters is by no means the panacea of many chronic contemporary issues facing Aboriginal People but it can be a powerful, practical and symbolic tool in both healing the past and strengthening the future. To me, when you work in native title, you work in an area that is both ‘peace-making’ and ‘future-forging’; I can’t think of a greater honour to make a contribution.”
Tim Wishart (Principal Legal Officer) - Tim has worked in legal practices for 28 years and was admitted to practise as a solicitor in 1991. His legal background is predominately in litigation and commercial law. Tim was appointed as QSNTS's PLO in September 2011.
“The many challenges of working in the native title system all become worthwhile when you see Traditional Owners get their determination and recognition of what was and always will be.”
Paul Davies (Chief Financial Officer) - Paul was admitted as a Certified Practicing Accountant in 2003 after completing his studies at Queensland University of Technology. Paul has acquired a range of experience in the public and not-for-profit sector both in Australia and overseas. With nine years’ experience in native title working for both representative bodies and service providers in Queensland, Paul has the skills required to assist Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) to develop their corporate structures.
"I have always enjoyed working for organisations that assist Indigenous People in their fight to claim recognition for their lands and waters. It is with great pride that I work for an organisation that has helped to achieve successful native title outcomes, and strives to achieve many more. I look forward to working with PBCs in developing strong and compliant entities into the future."